SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament (Sault Ste. Marie), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding to the Algoma Arts Festival Association for the Algoma Fall Festival.
"Year after year, the Algoma Fall Festival features high-calibre music, theatre, dance, and visual arts," said Mr. Hayes. "I look forward to the upcoming festivals, and I am pleased to see the Government of Canada's continued support for our local artistic and cultural community."
Funding will support the 42nd and 43rd editions of Algoma Fall Festival, which will take place in Sault Ste. Marie in 2014 and 2015. The multidisciplinary festival will showcase presentations of visual and performing arts, as well as an extensive outreach program for youth that includes artist-led workshops and professional presentations.
"Canadians continue to attend thousands of cultural events in communities of all sizes and in all parts of Canada," said Minister Glover. "This speaks to a thriving arts and cultural sector that enriches our economy and reflects our diverse heritage. Our Government is proud to invest in organizations that offer Canadians access to a variety of artistic performances and presentations."
"The Algoma Arts Festival Association is very pleased to receive support from the federal government for the Algoma Fall Festival," said Donna Hilsinger, President, Algoma Arts Festival Association. "This contribution means that we can continue to provide excellence in the performing arts and arts outreach opportunities for our community."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $100,000 ($50,000 in 2014-2015 and $50,000 in 2015-2016) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
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